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.s. but the old bugaboo, inflation and ben bernanke, will the fed reduce the balance sheet and get rates to more normal levels in my lifetime? >> hopefully you will live a long time, larry, so yes. unfortunately i have never seen the fed or bernanke articulate how to downsize the balance sheet. i haven't seen a plan out there to say, this is how we can do it. they are owns and backing these mosh mortgage-backed securities now and they will weigh reducing the balance sheet with propping up the housing market. we may see another republican revolution and a cut-back on the huge obama taxes on hedge funds, bank pay, small businesses and letting the bush tax cuts expire, i am not confident that bernanke has a plan to deleverage and 2.7% year-over-year growth in the cpi isn't scary, but it's not comforting either. >> you have cut back on your equity allocation, is that right, mike? >> yes, i am. i'm pretty much now at about 20%. jim points out the strong growth in corporate profits. a lot of it is from cutting overhead, cutting employees, but some junk bonds are attractive now for the companies that w
a year. we'll have full details in tonight's "market focus". as ben bernanke was sworn in for a second term today, the federal reserve chairman said he was focused on protecting the agency's independence. bernanke said that independence is key to keeping monetary policy focused on the long-term interests of the american people, and not political whims. >> susie: you've probably noticed that the prices you're paying at the pump are holding steady these days. but can we count on them to stay that way? well, that all depends on what happens to the price of oil. and, as suzanne pratt reports, forecasts for oil prices in 2010 are all over the map. >> reporter: at this gas station in midtown manhattan, gas prices are among the highest in the nation. whether they spike even higher, head lower, or stay in the same range this year depends on who you ask. j.p. morgan's lawrence eagles expects crude prices, which dictate gas prices, to climb higher. that's after averaging between $72 and $76 a barrel in the first half this year. >> moving higher in the second half, up to $88 by the end of the yea
've got on you. >> not anymore. >> ben bernanke who oversaw the collapse of not just the united states but the entire world financial system and brought our economy to its knees has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for being re-elected governor of new york? because may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> i just became a fan of ben bernanke. >> i love colbert. spitzer is doing it right. he quit. gave up the governorship and showing the humility, well-earned humility this country is willing to accept. sarah who? watch senator scott brownรง dan away from sarah palin saying he never spoke to her. >> do you think that sarah palin is presidential material? >> well, sure. she has been a mayor and a governor and has a lot of national following. the more people in a presidential race the better. she never contacted us and vice versa. >> really? she has never contacted you? how do you figure this statement from palin's camp. governor palin spoke with a very happy senator-elect brown this evening and congratulated him. hmm. after being called out yeste
votes. today, ben bernanke began his second term as chair of the u.s. federal reserve. ceremonial swearing in was held earlier in washington. glen b glenn beck returns in a moment but first, bret baier previewing "special report". >> bret: what really came out of the white house briefing over how the christmas day bomber was handled? and what is the national intelligence director saying about the process now? join me in 27 minutes for special report. now back to glenn beck. >> glenn: you know, i'm so tired of the so-called experts, because they haven't gotten on all of this. they're scoffing now at the idea that china is the next superpower. i think it's already happened. we better wake up. i trust the regular americans more than the so-called experts. your agenda is america. what is their agenda? i can't figure it out sometimes. 44% of americans now believe china is the leading economic power. what do the people know that the experts refuse to address? maybe experts don't know how to read. it just read the chinese government is cutting back on imports. i saw that and i went holy
. >> people orchestrated the bailout and ben bernanke and others says this makes them sick and it's what they hated the most. >> if you don't get the "fox business" network, you should demand it. so says neil cavuto. >> shepard: word of a rough standoff in the town of mccomb, illinois. it appears what's happened is a gunman is in a farm king store, which i'm told is a supermarket. and he's been shooting up the place. it's apparently, according to the reports from mccomb, illinois, north and west of the capital, two people may be dead. is that true? two people shot. my bad. we don't know their status. we know a couple people have been shot. people came out of the store crying and the s.w.a.t. team is there. the local reporter heard shots fired again. two farm king employees are hold up in an -- holed up in the office and eyewitness told the local tv the police, fire and ambulance crew are on the scene. the shooting is taking place now according to authorities. i just -- we have no idea who is doing the shooting and why these employees are holed up in the place. but we're getting crews fro
and bernanke. cisco's numbers come right at the close. >>> visa is also reporting quarterly numbers after the bell. in today's fast money final call we'll tell you how to take your position on that. fast money contributor joining us now. good to see you. >> great to be with you, judge. >> got to be quick here. what are you expecting from visa after the bell? >> as it trades down to the lows of the day like you and maria have been saying, a lot of financial stocks. >> both down today. >> visa's got earnings after the bell today. i'm bullish on that because of unusual call buying and that's right after the bell. 91 cents. and/or positive guidance, that's what we're looking for. master, tomorrow morning, before the market opens and we don't have any reading on that one. but i am long visa. >> is visa, part of it is that the debit card business continues to do well. as people are perhaps charging less and going to the debit card? >> you bet. as well as the sheer transactions, because these guys are just a through-put, they're not taking the risk on the other side of the trade. so regardless o
bernanke is concerned about the nation's economic recovery. during the ceremonial swearing in for his second term, bernanke told staffers that despite a growing economy, far too many people remain unemployed. he also talked about the challenges facing the fed, which include protecting its independence from congress and making the institution more open and accountable. >>> president obama's aunt is preparing to make her second bid for political asylum. she'll go before an immigration judge if boston after defying a deportation order in 2004. she's expected to argue that ties to the president could make her a political target if she returns to kenya. her status was revealed shortly before president obama was elected in 2008. >>> and while many of you are gearing up for this sunday's super bowl, some in the nfl are worried that the game's days could be numbered. the players association fears owners will impose a work stoppage after the current collective bargaining agreement expires and they're taking their caught to capitol hill. the league says a new collective bargaining agreement wil
. your dreams. more within reach. meet us at ameriprise.com. >>> ben bernanke. >> yes. >> who oversaw the collapse of not only the united states, but pretty much the entire world financial system. >> right. >> and brought our economy to its knees has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for being re-elected governor of new york? because may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> wow. >> eliot spitzer taking shots from colbert last night. here with us now, founder, editor of thedailybeast.com, tina brown. >> good morning, everyone. >> great to see you. we'll get to your explosive piece about andrew young. have you quite a bit to say about john edwards' body man. we may have to bleep that. but first, maureen dowd's don't ask, don't tell op-ed. she writes in part -- tinea it was a pretty remarkable day on capitol hill. >> i thought it was pretty believing. very moving indeed. one does ask whether it will ignite a cultural war thing and distract. that's the only thing that scares me, we do need to be focused on jobs now. the timing seems strange. but h
with bernanke and for some reason there have been just no real uptick generally about the fact that those types of things already are prohibited. you can only use a minimal amount of the bank's capital in other areas of a bank holding company. in addition to that, it actually move capital permanently, you've got to reduce the capital of the commercial bank also. so i do wonder -- >> yes, go ahead. basically, you're saying that those who think this is simply a punitive move by the obama administration are right. am i reading you correctly? >> well, let me say this. look, paul volcker is like a folk hero here? there's no question. his inflation efforts were tremendously appreciated and the timing of the announcement, i think everybody on all sides are transparently political. that doesn't mean, that look, we don't need to continue to look at ways of dealing with this. i don't think it got a great reception yesterday. again, we've got one more hearing tomorrow with goldman and others and we'll drill down in another way, but my sense is there's not a lot of traction on it because there are mechanis
that the time including president bush and secretary paulson and chairman bernanke, our judgment was those pressures esau actor lehman postal woodfin judgmatically amplified it's aig failed than they would spread to parts of the system that would otherwise been unaffected including basic confidence in the insurance system. >> let me get to the point. why is it the derivatives business, lending at the insurance companies, the commercial paper, the aircraft leasing business or something else? >> it is in some ways, again it is hard to separate. what is systemic risk, a difficult thing to judge. >> we are all finding that out of here. >> but that is the reality of it. but again i think the simplest way to they this is look at what happened after lehman brothers and the broader collapse of many of our large institutions. the value of the american savings fell by 40%. you saw hundreds of thousands of businesses forced to close, millions of people lost work. basic confidence in the stability of our system was broken. the rivets for coming of the submarine and in that environment to have the larg
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